The Ultimate Traveling Camp - Kohima Camp, Nagaland
Nagaland, Calcutta and northeast India, India
based on 7 nights
per person based on 5 nights in the Kohima Camp, Thiksey and 3 nights either side in Calcutta including private transfers and flights.
At a Glance
Kohima Camp is only open during the Hornbill Festival which every year usually occurs at the end of November and beginning of December
First kind of truly nomadic luxury camps traveling India
Open during the tribal Hornbill Festival
Luxury in the wilderness - the tents are incredibly comfortable with hot showers and heaters
Completely authentic and original with private guides, allowing you access to amazing parts of the festival
Glamour and comfort meets the unknown and unexplored
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
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The Ultimate Traveling Camp in Nagaland is only open for two weeks around the end of November and beginning of December when the weather is good, warm and dry. It is during this time that the annual Hornbill Festival takes place.
The Ultimate Traveling Camp moves to the remote region of Nagaland in northeast India in late November/December for the colorful Hornbill Festival. The Kohima Camp offers a luxurious base from which to delve into this off-the-beaten track destination.
This breathtaking luxury concept was dreamt up by 'The Ultimate Traveling Camp', and we think it is really rather unique and absolutely spell-binding and showcases the destination through unique and exclusive experiences. Never has a luxury camp in India gone further off-the-beaten track to showcase the authentic hidden side to the country, pushing the boundaries of travel and taking guests to the more unexplored depths of rural India. Before the Ultimate Traveling Camp set up the Kohima Camp, there were only guesthouses on offer in the region, however now you can experience this amazing destination in all its authenticity by day, but retreat back to a superb luxury camp at night.
The camp focuses around the Hornbill Festival which showcases the best of Tribal cultural traditions from the Land of the Nagas, based in a small and stunning stretch of rugged mountain territory in an area where few tourists ever visit. The luscious emerald valleys and pastures with ribbons of turquoise streams meandering by serve as a backdrop as a hive of activity engulfs festival goers in a marvelous myriad of colors and tribal costumes. The ethos of these festivals are to bring the 16 different Nagaland tribes together in one frenzied and flamboyant event in December with the desire to share and promote cultural heritage. This encourages guests to delve deeper into the meaning of these cultures, immerse themselves in the folklore of the Phesama Village and take from it something very unique and personal.
When you are over-danced, you may bid your adieu and make your way back to Kohima Camp which will fulfil all your needs. The luxurious yet very secluded individual tents allow you to unwind and truly take in the beauty of the area. In the crisp linen beds you can put your feet up, while you are served by your own personal butler. To quench your thirst, enjoy a local rice beer and tickle your taste buds with the local delicacies on offer inspired by the recipes of the Naga tribes.
You can stay from two to four nights or more, and in addition to seeing the festival you can explore this relatively untouched corner of India where few tourists ever visit. One thing is for sure, you will be completely looked after as the mystic world of the Naga unravels around you. Lunch is provided in camp and if you want to do something other than the festival a visit to the local Kigwema village is worthwhile. These superlative tents are located in the foothills of the gigantic Japfu mountain where you can spend the evenings with a sundowner after a spectacular day in this unexplored haven.
All the tented suites have a large double bed and private bathroom as well as spacious living area both inside and just outside the tent. There is space to unpack and make yourself at home.
Kate Hall (Staff)
I was lucky enough to stay at The Ultimate Traveling Camp near Kohima, Nagaland in December 2017. This is an area I have wanted to visit for years, particularly during these two weeks when the Hornbill Festival was taking place. I cannot fault the camp - it is absolutely beautiful and allows those who like a bit more comfort access to such a wonderful and remote part of India. From the moment you are collected from the airport in Dimapur you are so well taken care of by your driver, your private guide, your hosts and all of the staff. The tents are spoiling and I couldn't fault them. With crisp linens and comfortable mattresses, a hot shower, heaters (needed as it is cold in December) and a hot water bottle at night - I was more than comfortable. They are spacious, warm and cosy. I loved the dining tent, the library and the drinks around the campfire in the evening. During the day your private guide takes you to the festival so you have complete flexibility to go where you want and when. I also visited some of the local Angami villages which were fantastic. It is an incredible time of year to be in Nagaland and if you are looking to push the boundaries, particularly if you are in to photography and culture, this is the one for you. Go, before it gets too busy. For now TUTC and The Hornbill Festival is still an untouched gem.
Location & directions
Nagaland, Calcutta and northeast India, India
Kohima is located in North East India just south of the state of Assam.